Four Arms to Hold You: The Country Side of Harmonica Sam, Shawn Hess, Charlie Collins and Charlie Marie

A couple more of these still to come and then I’ll get back to the more normal update frequency. This time this is a bit of a suited up country & western special. Beginning the trip from Malmö, Sweden with the latest The Country Side of Harmonica Sam single My First Broken Heart (Since My Last Broken Heart) that came out on El Toro Records on the 16th of May. A mighty good band if you are into real country music, honky tonk and 50s rock’n’roll.

The Country Side of Harmonica Sam Website

Next location is almost a world away in Laramie, Wyoming. Country singer-songwriter is Shawn Hess a completely new find one for me and I didn’t know him before this album came out on the 24th of May. Records like World Away is actually the reason why it makes sense for me to make the weekly playlist. I find treasures like this when I’m searching for all the possible interesting new releases every weekend. There’s a lot of excellent country songwriting and storytelling on this one. A pretty broken-hearted collection of songs for sure, but still so damn enjoyable.

Shawn Hess at Facebook

The world tour takes this blog entry to Tamworth, Australia. This is also taking a step towards more modern territories like indie rock, but the country storytelling tradition definitely isn’t absent from this one either. Snowpine is a new album by Charlie Collins and it came out on 31st of May on Mirror Records. Here’s an excellent live versio of album track Mexico.

Charlie Collins at Facebook

Tonight’s journey ends in Nashville, Tennessee with a song from the new self-titled Charlie Marie EP that came out on the 3rd of May. Ok, maybe that’s not a suit, but the EP is wonderful, full of country sounds and engaging storytelling and is therefore not a bad fit with the other Charlie and the gentlemen. The magnificent opener Rhinestones wraps up this little blog entry.

Charlie Marie Website

Four Arms to Hold You is an ongoing feature with a weird name. It might not contain a whole lot of words, but it does contain a whole lot of love towards the featured songs. Basicly this is just four albums / songs / artists that have done their part in holding me together and therefore I want to tell the world or the seven readers of this blog how much I love them. Not entirely sure do these kind of posts serve any kind of purpose and I do hope I manage to write longer posts too. Right now it just feels like the playlists and these kind of short posts are the only way to keep this dear hobby alive. Plus it’s really the music that matters, not my random ramblings and these posts will always contain magical music.

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